The conservancy wines are crafted to reflect true varietal character, express the unique terroir of the Livermore Valley and showcase the best of what this region has to offer.
Livermore, CA (Vocus) March 17, 2010
A new Conservancy tier of wines from Concannon Vineyard - sourcing grapes only from Livermore vineyards that are protected forever from urban encroachment - was announced today by John Concannon, fourth generation vintner.
“These wines are a tribute to my great-grandfather, James Concannon, who founded our winery in 1883,” says John. “He knew that the austere soil, full of rocks and gravel, coupled with the coastal fog and marine breezes from the San Francisco Bay, would concentrate flavors in the ripening fruit and allow him to make rich, complex, flavorful wines that are truly unique. Conservancy wines honor his legacy as they are sourced from vineyards under a new conservancy program for perpetuity. The wines are crafted to reflect true varietal character, express the unique terroir of the Livermore Valley and showcase the best of what this region has to offer.”
“My family is very proud of the fact that Concannon Vineyard was the first Livermore Valley winery to place its land into a permanent conservation easement. We acted in 1996 recognizing that rapid urbanization was threatening one of America’s finest winemaking regions and negatively impacting quality of life. Since that time, other vineyards have followed our lead, and today we can say that great wines will continue to come from the Livermore Valley for generations to come.”
“Concannon Conservancy wines also conform to the practice of growing grapes and making wine with minimal impact. Concannon Vineyard is proud to be one of the first seventeen wineries to be certified through the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA),” he continued. This program provides third-party certification for California wineries that are at the forefront of sustainable winegrowing practices including environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices.
Concannon’s Conservancy includes Livermore Valley Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot; all have a suggested retail of $15.
A founding family of California wine, Concannon is the oldest continuously operating winery under the same family name, with four generations of family leadership at the helm. Concannon introduced America's first varietally labeled Petite Sirah in 1961, sparking a love affair with this varietal, and led with the introduction of Cabernet Sauvignon clones 7, 8 and 11 in replanting much of Napa Valley in the 1970s. As Concannon enters its 127th harvest, the pioneering winery continues to provide industry leadership in preserving an agricultural way of life by protecting vineyards from urban development. As part of The Wine Group, Concannon has completed a $30 million revitalization program, preserving the best of its winemaking heritage and practices while incorporating state-of-the-art technology to preserve wine quality. For additional information, please visit http://www.concannonvineyard.com.
(Note: Media Samples are available upon request. For additional information or to arrange a private Conservancy tour, contact Patricia Schneider.)
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